Oracle releases its OpenStack cloud-computing distribution on Oracle Linux

Oracle's OpenStack build aims at the data centre

Oracle has officially released its Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux, its distribution of the OpenStack cloud framework that integrates with Oracle Linux and the Oracle VM Server virtualisation platform, providing customers with increased choice and interoperability when building cloud infrastructure, the firm said.

Available as a free download from Oracle’s Public Yum Server and the Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN), Oracle’s OpenStack build installs on top of Oracle Linux and allows users to operate virtual machines using any guest operating system supported by Oracle VM Server, including Microsoft Windows, Oracle Solaris and other versions of Linux.

The platform was previewed as a beta release back in May, but with the general availability of Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux 1.0, the firm is now providing production OpenStack support to Oracle Linux and Oracle VM customers, Oracle said.

While the beta was based on the Havana release of OpenStack, the production release is based on the most up-to-date Icehouse release, along with numerous improvements such as a simplified install process and bug fixes.

Writing on Oracle’s Linux blog Ronen Kofman, ‎director of Product Management for Oracle Virtualization and OpenStack, said the firm’s goal is to help develop OpenStack into an enterprise-grade solution capable of operating an entire data centre running all types of enterprise workloads.

“We would like OpenStack to become a first-class solution and the cloud operating system of choice for customers of any size,” he said.

To this end, Oracle’s OpenStack build provides high-availability support for OpenStack services through Oracle Clusterware, which is included with Oracle Linux Support subscriptions.

Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux also includes the Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance Cinder plugin, which provides customers with an enterprise-grade storage option and integration with MySQL Enterprise Edition.

This release allows customers to build a highly scalable, multi-tenant infrastructure environment and integrate with the rich ecosystem of plugins and extensions available for OpenStack, Oracle said.

Support for Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux is available as part of the Oracle Linux and Oracle VM Premier Support at no additional cost.

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24 September 2014 | 4:36 pm – Source: v3.co.uk

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